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New Paraguayan president meets Taiwan's ambassador

2012/07/05 23:21:02

Taipei, July 5 (CNA) Taiwan's ambassador to Paraguay Jose Maria Liu was received July 3 by Paraguayan President Federico Franco, who recently assumed the post after the former president was impeached,according to a statement released by Taiwan's embassy in Asuncion.

Liu congratulated Franco on his new post and also explained cooperative projects between the two countries during the meeting, the statement said.

Aside from current flower and fishery projects, both sides are expected to start cooperation in feed production and vegetables next year, the statement said.

Liu told Franco that since taking office in 2008, President Ma Ying-jeou has insisted aid programs have a legitimate purpose, follow legal procedures and be implemented effectively.

Taiwan has been following the three principles in its diplomatic relations with the South American country, Liu told Franco.

In response, Franco recognized Taiwan's efforts in keeping the principles.

Franco, Paraguay's former vice president, replaced Fernando Lugo as the head of state after Lugo was impeached in late June over a land dispute scandal, according to foreign media reports.

Lugo's removal from office has triggered strong reactions by other Latin American countries and was described as a coup by some of them.

Paraguay is Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in South America.

(By Elaine Hou)